Presentation on theme: "Distorted Images Now & Forever?. Who we are Ephesians 2 Heir of God Co-heir with Jesus Not dead but alive Raised & Seated with Christ 1Peter 2."— Presentation transcript:
Who we are Ephesians 2 Heir of God Co-heir with Jesus Not dead but alive Raised & Seated with Christ 1Peter 2 Blessed with every spiritual blessing Chosen people Royal priesthood Holy nation God’s special possession The people of God
Vital Questions How many of us have at some time doubted whether we're a Christian? Is it possible to lose my salvation? How can I be sure?
Unknown Quote “Some truly converted people have fallen from grace and the danger of doing so threatens every Christian"
The Spiritual Domino Effect Adverse media comment Credibility issues Power to the enemy Lack of trust Christians doubt the assurance of salvation
What do I have to do? God’s forgiveness is UNCONDITIONAL Righteousness by faith or by works? X
What Jesus said John 3: 16 (TNIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life John 3: 36 (HSCB) The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him
What Jesus said John 5: 24 (NLT) I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life John 6: 40 (TNIV) For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day
What Jesus said John 6: 47 (NCV) I tell you the truth, whoever believes has eternal life John 10: 28-29 (NLT) I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand
More confirmation? So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death Romans 8:1 (NLT) No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 8: 39 (NLT)
The Ultimate End Game Plan Hebrews 2:10 (NLT) God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory
The Ultimate End Game Plan 1 Peter 1: 3-5 (TNIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
Being Assured 3 Reasons to Doubt Not a Christian Under attack Disobedience
Under Attack Ephesians 6: 17 Take the helmet of salvation 1 Thessalonians 5: 8 The hope of salvation as a helmet 2 Timothy 1: 7 (TNIV) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but of power, of love, and of self-discipline
Under Attack 2 Corinthians 10: 5 (TNIV) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ
Disobedience 2 Tests When our doctrine is right 2 John 1: 9 (TNIV) Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son When our life is right
Promise to Claim Jude 24-25 (NCV) To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.